“Does My Behavior Affect My Neuropathy?”
Wow. You mean how I act around my family, and even my health care professionals has an impact on my peace of mind, my health and maybe even my neuropathy treatment?
In a word, yes! This may be a very difficult discussion for some, but a very important one. In the clinic, we call this “illness behavior”.
Lets break it down. When you were a little kid, and you got those scrapes from falling down, or maybe the assault from a bully. Or even something worse. Just like me you learned that being “sick” certainly brings more attention to us.
And in an emergency, rightly so! NOT letting the correct people know you need help in a crisis is just as bad!
But problems arise when we carry these inappropriate learned behaviors from childhood over into adulthood. Often it begins unconsciously. Being diagnosed with a new health problem, like peripheral neuropathy, having a genetic disease or major accident is life changing.
These all require a period of time to uncover real choices, treatment options, etc. And in neuropathy treatments especially this is true now more than ever as more and more neuropathy claims are being made.
Here’s my point. When we display illness behaviors, the biggest negative effect is on ourselves! If we tell our subconscious mind how sick we are, what do we get? More sickness!
This in no way demeans anyone suffering from a serious or life threatening disease. But plenty of studies even in really sick patients tell us as neuropathy treatment specialists that when you have a healthier outlook, and a healthy set of behaviors to match, the better chance we have at really doing really well with your treatment success!
We also know that our attitudes and behaviors affect our immune systems, our sleep, and yes even our aging process.
We also know that even in really severe illness, our behaviors have a huge impact.
And the most difficult but important behavior of all?
Asking for professional and spiritual guidance, or in a word, acceptance.
If you’d like another perspective, Listen in as I talk for 2 minutes with Mal Duane once again…